Guardian Angel

Angel of God my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard, Rule and guide. Amen.

Guardian Angel Icon Watercolor, Gouache and Gold Leaf 8x10 2014
Guardian Angel Icon
Watercolor, Gouache and Gold Leaf

I have been ill for some time now with a concussion but my cousin’s baby shower is coming up and I wanted to paint her something special. I love her very much and I am so happy for her that she gets the privilege to be a mom. I am excited to meet her little baby girl that will be my second cousin.

I have painted small icons before (St. Benedict and St. Francis) but I painted this one quite larger. The smaller ones were on handmade paper from quite some time ago. I know this isn’t  a traditionally painted icon but I think it is still pretty.

It took me quite some time to make this since I had to break for the onslaught of headaches (from the concussion) and nausea. If I sit around and do nothing all day long I would go quite mad. I paint when I can as it is relaxing.

I decided to paint an angel for her because I remember a picture I had for quite some time when I was growing up which you can see below. It makes me think of my little brother and I.

Guardian angel, German postcard, 1900
Guardian angel, German postcard, 1900

It also makes me think of the times when I was scared as a little one. I had terrible nightmares as a child that I couldn’t even preclude into adulthood. When I was young the only thing that made me feel safe was being “protected” by religion.  I had to have a rosary under my pillow and would say some prayers including the guardian angel prayer written above.  I would also sometimes say a derivative of the prayer…

Five little angels round my bed. One to the foot and one to the head. One to sing and one to pray, and one to take my sins away. Amen.

The only issue being that I could never quite remember it so I would just ask God to place 5 angels at my bedside. I would say “Please send me 5 angels, 2 at my feet, 2 at my head and one at my heart to hold instead”, which was the only thing I could think of to rhyme with ‘head’ other than ‘dead’.  This did not seem like a good option as you can imagine.

I am hoping that this image lovingly painted by a family member will help her feel as safe as I did when I knew there was an angel watching over me.


Upcoming Show at Studio 659 ~ Portraits

2014 March 7th – April 3rd
Studio 659
1413 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394final

Ozymandias ~ A Portrait of Walter White (Breaking Bad)

This is a mixed media piece/ shadow box that was created for this show. A portrait of one of my most favorite anti-heroes. You simply must see it in person to appreciate the depth properly. I have done multiple posts on the progress of this piece. Please check it out!

If you are interested in purchase please contact the gallery at (219) 659-8828

Ozymandias ~ Working during dry time

Leaves of Grass Quote gets Walt busted in the end. Is it Karma for having Jesse kill Gale?
Leaves of Grass Quote gets Walt busted in the end. Is it Karma for having Jesse kill Gale?

While the other side of my box is drying and the glue is curing, I am working on this other side here. I bought a copy of Leaves of Grass and then found the prop online and printed out the same page so that I could copy Gale’s handwriting properly.

I felt that in this box it was important to include this because it was ultimately the undoing of Walter White. He kept this book after he had Jesse kill Gale and stuck it on the back of his toilet for bathroom reading. His D.E.A. agent Brother-in-law, Hank, just ended up needing something to read and found this inscription.

Hank compared the writing in Gale's notebook to the inscription on Walt's copy of Leaves of Grass.
Hank compared the writing in Gale’s notebook to the inscription on Walt’s copy of Leaves of Grass.

He had a copy of Gale’s notebook and ripped out that page and compared the writing. After that, of course many BAD things happen because he knows that his Cancer ridden seemingly good Brother-in-Law Walt is actually a MAJOR player in the production of Meth. He IS Heisenberg!

I felt it was really important to also include part of Gale’s Notebook where Hank actually did the comparison.

Major plot point turn! I bet Walt Whitman never thought his book would be used like that! I haven’t bothered to really research it but I wonder how many people went out and bought a copy of Leaves of Grass after this show aired?

This 'moth' is on the image on the infamous barrel of Methylamine
This ‘moth’ is on the image on the infamous barrel of Methylamine

The next design element was a pain in the butt, however the finished product was worth it. I cut out the Methylamine Moth out of cardboard and then covered it in the same metal that I did on the outside and inside of the box. The only difference is that I also used Yellow paint instead of leaving the design element a plain metal. I really wanted it to stand out.

This is pretty important because the guys used this chemical to circumvent their need to buy pseudoephedrine.

My deadline for this box is here and it makes me a little irritated. I wanted to get a cigarette to symbolize ricin, a packet of Stevia, and wanted to work on a few other things but I do not have enough time. With the way I set this box up, these elements can be put in later. Besides, I want to find the perfect packet of Stevia that looks like the same one from the series!

I cannot believe that I am finished with this side of the box now too! I used cork board to attach Gale’s Notebook page to as well as the page from LeaveIMG_2900s of Grass. There are also parts of the periodic table of elements on this box. I am happy with the finished product but being an artist I will still struggle with visualizing the other elements I wanted to put in here!


Ozymandias ~ 1/2 done!

Sky Blue courtesy of some rock sugar candy and colored glass
Sky Blue courtesy of some rock sugar candy and colored glass

So I have a little box that fits into the larger one that I had to situate. I decided to put the ‘meth’ into little baggies as things would be distributed anyway into the background. The baggies are stapled to cardboard and then I drilled holes through the box and the cardboard and sewed them in. I also used adhesive as well.

I really feel that the green and blue will really look amazing in the light! I also put in the chemistry bottles and used the adhesive E6000 to glue those down. Seriously that glue scares the crap out of me! I am always concerned about gluing myself to myself.

Completed side!
Completed side!

Man this looks great in this photo but it is so serious in person. The way the light hits it in a photo doesn’t really do it justice. Everything in first person almost radiates.

I am getting excited and I am already planning on another box. My husband and I just finished watching the season/series finale of Dexter.  I only had Showtime for the first 2 seasons so I have always been behind. Our friend let us borrow the last 2 seasons and I must say though I am WAY behind and most everyone else had to deal with no Dexter for some time now, I am really sad! There are few shows I really enjoy on television and that is honestly because I always know what is going to happen! I don’t know if anyone here has some suggestions but I love to watch TV while working on art.

My current favorite shows — The Following, Teen Wolf, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead,  Revolution, Psych, Grimm, Bates Motel, Once Upon a Time (gosh those costumes!)  Grey’s Anatomy and the Vampire Diaries.

Ozymandias ~ Movin’ right along

No, you clearly don’t know who you’re talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I AM the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!

Ice Resin was used and the color was achieved by using powdered pigment.
Ice Resin was used and the color was achieved by using powdered pigment.

So I am moving right along with this piece and I took some photos of my current processes. In the image above I used some old chemistry equipment that I bought at a garage sale a few years ago just because I knew eventually I would do something awesome with it. I admit, I am a garage sale junkie because I can reuse certain things that people want to get rid of. I also think I like looking through people’s horde and being nosy. It’s quite amazing seeing the things that people accumulate.

I used a product called Ice Resin because I am not that good at getting bubbles out of regular resin. This stuff is great because the bubbles just float up and POP! It also dries fairly fast and you do not have to pour a little layer at a time. It is not too expensive but really it’s cheaper to use for jewelry. A epoxy size squirt tube is about $11.00 and the kit I have which is A LOT more product was about $22.50.  I used some pigment powder to color the resin. I used Daniel Smith’s Dry Pigment which runs for about $9.00 unless you buy a kit. I was fortunate that my Husband that had to mix his own oil colors in school ages ago still had these on hand. I don’t think there is a shelf life on these.

Front of the box
Front of the box

The next step was to decide what to do with my shadow box and I went with the idea to make it appear metallic. It actually IS metal by the way! I used strips of aluminum tape, mesh in some areas, and put them all over the box.  I textured this using a brush and some other tools in my box. To make it look like there were screws I used a brad punch tool and just pushed it in to the design a little. For the lettering I used scrap booking letters that were thick and would stick up a bit. I also used “diamond” letters for E, O, N, S and cut out letters from a stencil to make I, H, N and C. This was time consuming and a little annoying to make sure all the letters were visible.

Then I covered a little area at a time with black paint and wiped it off so that all the little details showed up. I used more black around the letters to make them stand out. I could have wiped off more to make the box shinier but I like it better dark.

The inside of one half of the box is also covered in this same detail but I put the words  “I am the Danger” on the inside. I thought it was fitting to have “I am the one who knocks” on the outside of the box because when someone knocks, someone else opens the door.

I have a long way to go, but here is a little idea of how things are looking on the inside. Noting is attached and I have a LONG way to go with only 6 more days to finish.

Just doing a check to see how it will look.
Just doing a check to see how it will look.

Live Art Show at Studio 659 ~ Whiting, Indiana 2014

2014 February 7th – March 7th
Live Art Show
Studio 659
1413 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394

Arrakis Watercolor and Ink Collaboration with Clinton Mason 11x24
Watercolor and Ink
Collaboration with Clinton Mason

My husband and I are currently showing 3 works at Studio 659 in Whiting, Indiana. The image above was a collaboration that is hanging in the gallery that was completed prior to the Live Art Event. The series of images are all names after planets from the book ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert and we tried to represent them as best we could with abstract art.

Arrakis is the planet that is known as Dune but  later called Rakis — it is a desert planet.  The circular images were intended to appear as if there were multiple suns to show there would be extreme heat. We were not certain exactly how many suns were actually on this fictional planet but we know there are 3 moons.

Ecaz Watercolor, Ink and Marker Live Art with Clinton Mason 11x24
Watercolor, Ink and Marker
Live Art with Clinton Mason

The planet of Ecaz grows a plant called Fogwood which is favored by artists because it can shaped solely by human thought and was nicknamed ‘The Sculptor’s Paradise.” There are small images of plant life and the whole image shows plants unfurling.

Parmentier Watercolor, Marker and Ink Live Art with Clinton Mason 8x10
Watercolor, Marker and Ink
Live Art with Clinton Mason

Parmentier is a planet that we could not find much of a description of. The planet appears in the book Dune: The Battle of Corrin, but my husband has not read this book so does not know the description.  We actually decided to imagine what the planet might look like due to the only thing we could find on the internet. We read that there was a river so we decided there would be some farm live and a little bit of greenery. You can see the farm field on the lower half of the right hand corner. Since there is life on this planet, in the distance on the horizon line we drew a city.

We had a fun time coming up with these images and they look better in person. If you get a chance go out and see them! If you are interested in purchase please contact the gallery at (219) 659-8828

All Together Now ~ Postcard Swap #2

All Together Now 5x6 on watercolor cold block Watercolor and Ink 2014
All Together Now
5×6 on watercolor cold block
Watercolor and Ink










Sail the ship, Chop the tree, Skip the rope, Look at me, All together now ~ The Beatles

This was created for Postcard Swap #2  ran by a fellow artist friend .  Postcard size art is a little less constraining than the Artist Trading Cards. I have enjoyed both but I honestly like this size better. It gives me more room to drool everywhere.

I don’t even know where I start with these really. I do not have a plan and just let the paint speak to me. I think on these I feel the most crazy at times because I need to let go of the fear of making a mistake. I mean it’s abstract! You can mess up an eyeball if you are going for realism and your pen makes a huge inky splotch mess on the paper. There is no coming back from that.

I do not draw out any of the elements beforehand so I just start with painting and hoping that the design looks interesting. The funny thing is that sometimes I do not like my under painting at all. Then I draw on it and fall in love.